The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, has said it will prosecute the lawyer, Udeme Odibi, who allegedly stabbed her husband, Otike Odibi, to death.
Justice Kazeem, who happens to be the Chairman of Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, on Monday, said that the suspect would stand trial before the High Court of Lagos State for the murder of her husband and mutilation of his corpse.
You would recall that the 47-year-old lawyer Udeme Odibi, allegedly stabbed her husband, Otike Odibi, to death on 3, May 2018 at Diamond Estate, Sangotedo, Ajah, Lagos State.
It was also alleged that Udeme had cut off the private parts of the deceased, after stabbing him to death.
Kazeem, said facts available in the file showed that the suspect, subsequent to her stabbing her husband, also mutilated his corpse by cutting his genitals.
“The trial of Mrs. Udeme Otike Odibi will commence as soon as the case is assigned to a court by the honourable Chief Judge. This office will ensure expeditious trial of this matter,” he said.
He further urged Lagosians to desist from acts of violence, adding that anybody found culpable would be made to face the law.
He said the state government was dismayed at the rising rate of domestic violence in the state.
“The Lagos State Government wishes to express dismay at the rising rate of domestic violence in the state. Only last month, a Danish national allegedly killed his wife and child in Lagos State.
“Last week, there was another report of yet another case of a man killing his live-in lover. Lagosians are enjoined to report any case of domestic violence to the police, the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team or any other relevant authority to avoid unnecessary loss of lives,” Kazeem said.
The commissioner said the DSVRT had initiated a research that would help the government to understand causes of domestic violence.